Sharing an external harddrive.

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by kretzy, Apr 12, 2006.

  1. kretzy macrumors 604

    kretzy

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    #1
    Just a quick question. I'm about to buy an external HD, I just want to make sure that its possible to partition it so that it can be shared between a PC and a Mac. Is this possible to do?
     
  2. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

    Mitthrawnuruodo

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    Yes. Easiest way is to format it in FAT32 (or MS-DOS file system, as Disk Utility calls it). There may be some size limitations, if so you might be better off formatting it from your PC.

    Don't use NTFS (standard Windows file system), since that will be read only from your Mac, and likewise stay clear of Mac OS Extended file system, since Windows won't recognise that without commercial 3rd party software.
     
  3. kretzy thread starter macrumors 604

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